The ruling bloc and three small opposition parties have basically agreed to have Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s national security bills accompanied by a resolution to ensure a greater role for the Diet in approving Self-Defense Forces dispatches abroad, and to vote on them, according to informed sources.

With the accord, reached Tuesday, the three opposition parties, including the Assembly to Energize Japan, will support the bills during a plenary session vote planned for Thursday in the Upper House, the sources said.

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